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Haiti - FLASH : The Episcopal Church does not intend to defend Father Frantz Cole
According to our information, it would be Father Frantz Cole who initiated the customs clearance process for the container containing the concealed weapons and ammunition and who contacted Gina Jean-Louis Rolls (arrested since https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-37163-icihaiti-arms-trafficking-arrest-of-gina-jl-rolls-customs-broker.html ) as a customs agent (broker) to ask him to follow up on the customs clearance of the container in question.
The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church of Haiti in an Address to the clergy, the faithful and the people of God dated August 19 informs that "[...] Tuesday, August 16, 2022, the Standing Committee, within the framework of the invitations of the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ), relieved the Reverend Father Frantz Cole of his responsibilities as diocesan executive secretary and priest in charge of the Parish of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Bolosse for the purpose of making it available to the DCPJ as requested to further the investigation."
On Wednesday, August 17, the Committee learned, through the press, that following his hearing the Reverend Father Frantz Cole was detained (placed in police custody) by the DCPJ https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-37427-haiti-flash-arms-trafficking-father-frantz-cole-in-custody.html
"[...] The lawyer for the Episcopal Church of Haiti [Cabinet Madistin] will not defend any natural person, whatsoever, prosecuted rightly or wrongly, within the framework of this case. The Church expresses the wish that the rights of Father Frantz Cole guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Haiti, the international conventions ratified by Haiti and Haitian laws will be respected.
The Episcopal Church of Haiti recalls that it is not involved in any illegal trafficking in firearms or ammunition or in any franchise trafficking, should it be remembered https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-37154-haiti-flash-seizure-of-weapons-and-ammunition-imported-under-cover-of-the-franchise-of-the-episcopal-church-of-haiti.html
The Episcopal Church of Haiti renews its firm determination to be a civil party in any trial to intervene in the context of this case."
"Furthermore, the police authorities wanted the collaboration of our Church to shed light on the case of importing firearms and ammunition in which the name of our Church was unfortunately associated. The Church has renewed, on occasion, its will to collaborate with the police, judicial and administrative authorities so that all the light is shed on the question"
The Standing Committee confirms that the law firm Madistin, which defends the Church, following instructions, will send without delay to the DCPJ, as requested:
"1. All information relating to franchise applications submitted by our Church to the Ministry of Worship with container numbers, arrival notices and other related documents for the last five (5) years;
2. List of shipping agencies with which the Church has worked for the past five (5) years;
3. Movements of funds, accounting records and numbers of Church bank accounts for the past five (5) years;
4. List of payroll and movement of diocesan office personnel;
5. Letter terminating Vundla's service as cooperating in the Diocese of Haiti;
The Episcopal Church of Haiti is and intends to remain an open book for the Haitian State and its controlling institutions.
Only the truth matters !"
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